Humane Society of 
Northeast Iowa

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SNAP: Spay/Neuter Assistance Program

In 2013 the Spay/Neuter Assistance Program of Northeast Iowa (SNAP) joined HSNEI to become one organization working for animals in northeast Iowa. SNAP will continue their focus on altering, fostering and adopting cats, as well as helping owners rehome their cats through courtesy listings. 

If you are a low income family or college student interested in receiving SNAP assistance to alter your dog or cat, please see more information and fill out the attached application here or fill out online here.

This program also works to reduce the feral cat population in Northeast Iowa. If you are aware of a feral cat colony or large barn cat population, please email us to see how we can help.

HSNEI awarded $6,660 grant from Best Friends

Animal Society®, PetSmart Charities®

Grant will support HSNEI’s lifesaving work for community cats

Best Friends Animal Society® in partnership with PetSmart Charities® is pleased to announce that HSNEI has been awarded a grant for spaying and neutering 185 stray cats in 9 neighborhoods in Cresco, IA to reduce the feral cat population.

HSNEI is a participating member of the No More Homeless Pets® Network, a program of Best Friends Animal Society, which offers help and support to animal rescue groups that save lives in their communities. “This grant project targets free-roaming community cats at serious risk of being killed if they enter shelters. It provides an innovated solution to save their lives while working toward achieving the Best Friends mission of No More Homeless Pets,” said Ellen Gilmore, manager of Best Friends’ No More Homeless Pets Network.

Through HSNEI’s grant project homeless free-roaming cats are sterilized using trap-neuter-return (TNR), the widely accepted, humane method of controlling populations of free-roaming cats. The cats are also vaccinated. “TNR is an alternative to the ‘trap and kill’ policies that traditionally have been employed by animal control agencies to address cat over-population and nuisance complaint situations,” Gilmore said. “Trap and kill repeatedly has been proven to be ineffective, cost-prohibitive and publicly unpalatable.”

HSNEI President Kim Powell said: “Our goal is to perform 185 spay/neuter operations in 2014 on cats in targeted neighborhoods in Cresco with a history of feral cat colonies. By altering entire cat colonies we prevent repopulation and eventually eliminate the colony humanely. We would like to thank Best Friends Animal Society and PetSmart Charities for their support in making this project a great success.”

This lifesaving grant is part of Best Friends Animal Society’s mission of No More Homeless Pets®. Every day, approximately 9,000 pets are killed in shelters because they don’t have a home. Best Friends and the No More Homeless Pets® Network Partners are committed to saving them.


HSNEI serves the five counties of Northeast Iowa and will be building an Adoption Center in Decorah, IA in Spring 2014. Email questions to [email protected] Additional information about HSNEI and future events can be found at

About Best Friends Animal Society®

Best Friends Animal Society, named Animal Welfare Non-Profit National Brand of the Year based on the 2012 Harris Poll EquiTrend® study, is a national animal welfare organization building no-kill programs and partnerships that will bring about a day when there are No More Homeless Pets®. The society's leading initiatives in animal care and community programs are coordinated from its Kanab, Utah headquarters, the country's largest no-kill sanctuary. This work is made possible by the personal and financial support of a grassroots network of supporters and community partners across the nation.

About PetSmart Charities® 

Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues, and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. The largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America, PetSmart Charities® has provided more than $165 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations and has helped save the lives of more than 5 million pets through its in-store adoption program. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit or call 1-800-423-PETS (7387).